DragonFly Series

A perfect landing on the antenna of my car. This beauty actually waited patiently for me to get my camera and almost seems to pose for me. It was as if she was looking at me with equal curiosity. Both shots came about 20 seconds apart. The one is framed with the soft blue sky and the second was taken from a different angle. Then after she flew away she came back for another series. A true gift as I have always wanted to get a shot like this of these beautiful creatures.

Tech Info:
Shot with a my bestfriend my trusty EOS Canon 7D ( while dreaming secretly of a EOS 5D Mark II )
EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
1/200 at f/5.6
ISO 100
No Flash

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Less bickering, more shooting
Mar 1, 2012
New Hampshire
Nice shots! Funny how dragonflys will sometimes appear almost friendly. They often land on me to rest when im out in the yard. Humans know they eat pesky bugs. Maybe they know we know that haha!


Jun 1, 2011

60D 24-105L @105mm f4 1/320

It landed, my camera settings were already in place from previous shooting (Manual), Took the shot, it flew off. Case of right place, right time.


I'm New Here
Mar 28, 2014

I'm new here. As many others, i used Canonrumors for news about new cameras and lenses. For example Eos 7D MK II and a "real" 4.0 400mm. :)
Well, except Winter, i'm not a birder, i would say, i am part of the Macro fraction. But i like tele lenses, 200mm onwards is fine. Some kind of freudanian complex? :)
The solution, at last for me, was simple, flying dragonflies. A few days ago i found a dragonfly thread in the animal kingdom, but only a few pictures in the thread. That's the main reason for me to register.
Most of my pictures are handheld, except "early morning" macros and long time exposure.
Until August 2013 i'm use MF for flying dragons, since then i'm using AF. Well, i have bought last year a 2.8 300 MK II and use since AF.

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Best regards



Oct 23, 2013
Helmut, those are amazing dragonfly photos! I'm impressed you could capture those so well in mid-flight. I've tried it before with my 100mm macro lens, but it can't focus fast enough. I have a new (old) Nikon 300mm 2.8 AIS manual focus lens, I might try some shots with some extension tubes (I might get some at rest, although they never sit long enough in one place). I might have better luck with my 70-200mm w/ 1.4x extender and maybe some extension tubes to get closer.

Thanks for the inspiration, we'll see if I can get something good this spring.


I post too Much on Here!!
CR Pro
Jul 21, 2010
A couple from my archives:

"Blue Dasher"

EOS 7D, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 160

"Look Out Below"

EOS 7D, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM @ 400mm, 1/640 s, f/5.6, ISO 100